With 1 in 3 Scots households suffering fuel poverty, the Scot-Govt launches a(nother) consultation

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart today launches the Scot-Govt’s new consultation on a new fuel poverty target and strategy when he opens Scotland’s national conference ‘Resolving Fuel Poverty.

The Minister will outline the Scottish Government’s aims in inviting responses to a consultation which will form the core policy and timetable to eradicate fuel poverty in the coming years.

Everyone from tenants and home owners to industry specialists will be able to contribute thoughts and ideas to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the country over the coming years and how the Scottish Government can support the delivery of programmes to help mitigate the cost of energy for Scottish households.

Fuel poverty is a cross-cutting issue that impacts on housing, energy, health and consumer rights and so representatives from the private, public and third sectors will gather for this conference in Crieff to discuss plans and solutions.

Fuel poverty is the inability to afford adequate warmth in the home, defined as needing to pay more than 10 per cent of income on energy costs.

The latest Scottish Government figures show that in 2015 there were 748,000 households in Scotland in fuel poverty – ie almost one in three (31%). 

Norman Kerr, Director of Energy Action Scotland, commented: “We welcome the consultation on the fuel poverty strategy.

 “We encourage every group who is active in the fuel poverty arena to respond to the consultation and make their thoughts and wishes known to the Scottish Government. We need the Government to hear from as many groups and organisations as possible as this forthcoming strategy is too important for us not to have a voice in shaping.”

“As the national fuel poverty charity we are fortunate to be able to draw upon decades of experience and relationships within our national network of experts. We benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience about what is happening across Scotland in order to turn cold, damp houses into warm, dry homes.  It is our aim that this conference contributes to ending the blight of fuel poverty in Scotland.”


9 Nov 2017


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